Ken Dowlin is a retired librarian, library director, and professor with 46 years of living and breathing libraries and books. He has a B. A. in History from the University of Colorado, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. A perpetual learner, Ken learned from not only his education, but his training and experiences. In addition to his formal education he grew up in a small rural town, worked on a farm, served in the US Marine Corp, obtained a pilot’s license, and took courses in systems analysis and computer management. His service on boards, commissions, political organizations, and his travels around the world lecturing and consulting expanded his opportunities to observe the human species. His first book titled The Electronic Library: the Promise and the Process was published in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic.
Even as a young child he was fascinated with history and as a voracious reader his head was often buried in history books and magazines. He learned to read around the age of 4 while living with a grandmother who was a teacher in a one room schoolhouse in Nebraska. His favorite book was a fourth grade geography of the world that was filled with history. At CU he was able to take classes in the history of the American west as well as other parts of the globe.
In retirement he has had the time to focus on the history of his family and in particular Paul Dowlin, his great-great uncle. The mill that Paul built in Ruidoso, NM stands today and is a testimony to the history of the area, to the family, and others who care about preserving the mill.
Ken has written several professional books and dozens of articles on libraries and librarianship but has always had the yearning to contribute to the history of family and the west. Thus, Noisy River: The Saga of Captain Paul Dowlin was researched and written over nearly 5 years. It is a historical novel, as opposed to a work of non-fiction so that the stories handed down by the generations of Dowlin ancestors could be used to bring life the dry facts in libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and even electronic sources.